Part One: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Series – Various Systems
Chinese medicine is over 4000 years old, and all this time, it has maintained relevance for humanity today.
Chinese medicine is a system of diagnosis of disharmonies or imbalances in the body.
It uses terminology such as the five elements of: wind, water, metal, fire, and earth…terms which describe the
physical universe in which we live. These terms are also applied to the body and the disease process within the body.
Chinese medicine includes:
- Chinese herbs
- tui na
- plum blossom therapy
- magnet therapy
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into the body at points along a meridian or channel.
Chinese herbs are unique herbs and botanicals which are combined in formulae to treat certain disharmonies and imbalances.
Tui na is a form of Chinese massage. It includes unique techniques of rubbing, rolling, kneading, and tapping and
other various techniques of massage on the body.
Plum blossom therapy is a unique method of tapping on acupuncture points and other parts of the body with a unique
device that consists of semi-sharp spikes, which usually do not pierce the skin nor draw blood if the therapist uses
the correct amount of pressure.
Cupping consists of using suction cups on various parts of the body to draw blood to that area without piercing
the skin, and to relax the musculature and loosen tension.
Electro- stimulation is the use of electricity to stimulate and energize certain acupuncture points. Electro-stimulation
can also be attached to acupuncture needles as well as directly applied to the acupuncture point.
Magnet therapy is the use of small magnets which are placed on particular acupuncture points in order to stimulate
the acupoint. Magnets are thought to direct the chi in the meridian or channel in the proper and correct direction.
By Dr. Leia Melead